Top Pumpkin Picking Farms for Families in New Jersey

NJ Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Picking near New York

There’s a sudden crispness to the air, the kids have gone back to school and our thoughts have turned to Fall, a beautiful time to get out and about in New Jersey. Looking for some autumnal activities? How about pumpkin picking? Hey, they don’t call this the Garden State for nothing! There are plenty of fantastic farms in NJ with activities from hay rides to corn mazes to pumpkin painting to birthday parties. Here’s a list of our favorite New Jersey pumpkin picking farms. Looking for other yummy fall fun? Try our post on Fun Fall Harvest Festivals in NJ. And don't forget to sign up for our emails to get more Halloween and family activities each week.

Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Terhune is such a fun place to bring the family. Check out their pumpkin picking fields (September – October) at the main farm (Cold Soil Road), where you can grab some gourds as well. Weekends from mid-September thru November, enjoy Family Fun days complete with music, food, pony rides, the adventure barn and, you guessed it, fun. Head over for Read & Pick Pumpkins day, where kids will hear two pumpkin-related stories and then get to pick their very own pumpkin to bring home! Plus, kids always enjoy the farm animals, trails and hay rides and parents love the farm store and winery. Overall, a great day for the whole family!  (609) 924-2310

Sussex County Strawberry Farm, Newton
The name of this farm can be misleading. Sussex County Strawberry Farm isn’t just a place to pick ripe summer fruit – they’ve got pumpkins, too! Beginning the first week in October, enjoy many different varieties of pumpkins available for picking, free hay rides every weekend in October, horse-drawn carriage rides, fresh local cider and apples. (973) 579-5055

Demarest Farms, Hillsdale
This Bergen County farm is a fun place to take the family. Pick-your-own pumpkins begins mid-September Monday - Friday from 3pm - 4:30pm and weekends from 10am - 4:30pm. You can also pick-your-own apples and many other vegetables. Plus, bring the kids on a hay ride, paint pumpkins, or try their famous fresh salad bar and deli. Sadly, due to the summer drought conditions, Demarest's corn maze will not be available for the 2015 season.  (201) 666-0472

Alstede Farms, Chester
This NJ farm has a lot to offer – including honey from hives on the farm, farm animals, activities for the kids, a farm stand and tons of pick-your-own options. From mid-September through mid-November you can pick-your-own pumpkins.  Tickets can be purchased here. There are various ticket packages, and they offer a weekday special – Monday thru Thursday from 9am to 12pm admission is free, including hay rides. (908) 879-7189

Heaven Hills Farm, Vernon
Heaven Hill Farm is known for its Great Pumpkin Festival, which is the largest fall festival in northern NJ. The festival is open Wednesdays - Sundays (and Columbus Day) mid-September through the end of October and includes family activities like pumpkin-picking, hay rides, pig races, carnival rides (only on weekends), corn stalk and hay maze, farm animals, boo barn and much more. Celebrate with the kids at the Halloween Trick or Treat Trail and Contest and win prizes and more! (973) 764-5144

Conklin Farm U-Pick, Montville
Conklin is a smaller venue that comes highly-recommended from our MP writers. It has all you could ask for – pumpkin picking, corn maze, hay rides (even a Haunted Hay ride for your older, braver kids), but at a less-frenetic pace. Plus, a snack shack with hot cider, candy apples and warm homemade donuts – you can’t go wrong. (973) 400-9460

Ort Farms, Long Valley
This 100-year old farm is quieter, but still with tons of family fun like hayrides, farm animals, chopping pumpkins off the vine, and even a ride on a Monster truck, if you so desire. 908-876-3351

Riamede Farm, Chester
For some real pumpkin picking, the kind where you get to cut the pumpkin right off the vine yourself, go to Riamede Farm. The quiet, simple, laid back farm has a hay ride to the pumpkin patch and just plain ol' pumpkins. Don’t forget to bring your own clippers! (908) 879-5353

Apple Ridge Orchards, Warwick, NY
Okay, so this one is in New York state, but just barely. Located in the gorgeous Warwick Valley, the views are worth the whole trip, not to mention being able to pick pumpkins right off the vine. Pumpkin picking begins late September. And they get extra props for having a pumpkin carving video on their site with the very funny comedian Lizz Winstead. 845-987-7717

Originally published September 2012

Heaven Hill Farm
451 Route 94
07462 Vernon , NJ
Phone: (973) 764-5144
41° 12' 41.9724" N, 74° 27' 41.58" W
New Jersey
Conklin Farm U-Pick
65 River Road
07045 Montville , NJ
Phone: 973-400-9460
40° 54' 14.3208" N, 74° 22' 33.2904" W
New Jersey
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
08540 Princeton , NJ
Phone: 609-924-2310
40° 19' 53.1588" N, 74° 43' 31.1592" W
New Jersey
Riamede Farm
122 Oakdale Road
07930 Chester , NJ
Phone: 908-879-5353
40° 47' 42.7164" N, 74° 41' 37.9356" W
New Jersey
Horse Sleigh Farm
438 Route 57 West
07882 Washington Township , NJ
Phone: 908.246.3044
40° 44' 55.8348" N, 75° 0' 45.5688" W
New Jersey
Sussex County Strawberry Farm
565 U.S. 206
07860 Newton , NJ
Phone: (973) 579-5055
41° 0' 57.7908" N, 74° 45' 54.7488" W
New Jersey
Demarast Farms
244 Wierimus Road
07642 Hillsdale , NJ
Phone: (201) 666-0472
41° 0' 29.6496" N, 74° 4' 14.3904" W
New Jersey
Alstede Farms
84 Route 513
Chester , NJ
Phone: (908) 879-7189
40° 47' 43.2168" N, 74° 40' 17.0076" W
New Jersey
Apple Ridge Orchards
101 Jessup Road
10990 Warwick , NY 41° 17' 25.9152" N, 74° 23' 0.0276" W
New York
Horse Sleigh Farm
438 State Highway 57 West
07882 Washington , NJ 40° 44' 55.8348" N, 75° 0' 45.5688" W
New Jersey
Ort Farms
25 Bartley Road
07853 Long Valley , NJ 40° 47' 11.3784" N, 74° 45' 32.022" W
New Jersey